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Slick Slovenia overwhelm Bulgaria to revive hope

Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 17.10CET
Bulgaria 1-5 Slovenia
The visitors kept alive their slender hopes of advancing from Group 2 with an emphatic victory that all but ended Bulgaria's own aspirations.
by Stoyan Georgiev
from Beroe
Slick Slovenia overwhelm Bulgaria to revive hope
Slovenia huddle ©Ervin Čurlič

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Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 17.10CET

Slick Slovenia overwhelm Bulgaria to revive hope

Bulgaria 1-5 Slovenia
The visitors kept alive their slender hopes of advancing from Group 2 with an emphatic victory that all but ended Bulgaria's own aspirations.

Slovenia kept alive their slim hopes of emerging from UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2 with an emphatic 5-1 victory against Bulgaria, whose own aspirations were dealt a significant blow.

Matej Pučko and Enej Jelenič registered either side of Aleksandar Kolev's 28th-minute equaliser to give the visitors a half-time lead. Slovenia went through the gears in the second half, midfielder Žan Benedičič and Elvis Bratanovič taking the game beyond Bulgaria, who had Milen Gamakov sent off with nine minutes left. Bratanovič compounded the hosts' misery by adding a fifth to lift Slovenia into third place.

Tomaž Kavčič's team began with optimism and intent, Pučko taking receipt of Haris Vučkič's through ball and finishing with aplomb. Bulgaria's response was swift, though, as Kolev headed in Edisson Jordanov's cross from the right. Slovenia restored their advantage six minutes later when Jelenič combined with Bratanovič to score from an acute angle.

The home side emerged rejuvenated after the interval, but were soon reeling after Georgi Milanov's free-kick bounced back off the Slovenian crossbar. Benedičič made no mistake at the other end, applying the final touch to a sweeping counterattack before Bratanovič made it four. The same player rounded off the scoring shortly after Gamakov had been dismissed by delicately lifting the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Aleksandar Konov.

Last updated: 05/06/15 5.53CET

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Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Slovenia

Slovenia

12
KonovAleksandar Konov (GK)
1
JugAžbe Jug (GK)
2
MuninIliya Munin
2
PalčičMatej Palčič
Substitution71
6
SlavchevSimeon Slavchev (C)
3
JanžaErik Janža
7
KolevAleksandar Kolev
Goal28
Substitution84
5
MitrovičNemanja Mitrovič (C)
9
JordanovEdisson Jordanov
Substitution65
6
KrajncLuka Krajnc
10
KirilovRadoslav Kirilov
Substitution76
7
ŽibertUrban Žibert
11
ChochevIvaylo Chochev
Yellow Card62
9
VučkičHaris Vučkič
Substitution75
13
VelkovStefan Velkov
10
JeleničEnej Jelenič
Goal34
15
GamakovMilen Gamakov
Red Card81
11
PučkoMatej Pučko
Goal24
16
I. MilanovIlia Milanov
Yellow Card52
17
BratanovičElvis Bratanovič
Goal74
Goal90+1
17
MilanovGeorgi Milanov
Yellow Card86
20
BenedičičŽan Benedičič
Yellow Card49
Goal64
Substitution79

Substitutes

1
GospodinovAnatoli Gospodinov (GK)
12
CotmanAljaž Cotman (GK)
4
VasevBozhidar Vasev
Substitution84
4
BlažičMiha Blažič (GK)
Substitution71
5
GeorgievAsen Georgiev
8
ČrnicMatic Črnic
8
AngelovYanko Angelov
13
TrajkovskiDejan Trajkovski
18
RasimBekir Rasim
Substitution76
14
LotričMitja Lotrič
19
BizhevVillyan Bizhev
Substitution65
15
ZajcMiha Zajc
Substitution79
20
RumenovRumen Rumenov
18
MajerŽan Majer
Substitution75

Coach

Mihail Madanski (BUL) Tomaž Kavčič (SVN)

Referee

Eli Hacmon (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shabtai Nahmias (ISR), Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)

Fourth official

Erez Papir (ISR)

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